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Brandy H.M. Brooks

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Brandy H.M. Brooks


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Suffolk University

Undergraduate School
Boston Architectural College

Chrystal Kornegay, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Edge and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

Cambridge Community Development Department

Susan Glazer, Deputy Director for Community Development

Description of Fellowship
Brandy’s project for the summer was a feasibility study on the development of a public market at Lechmere Square in Cambridge, prepared for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department. She had a tremendous amount of autonomy in this project – from determining the appropriate content to conducting interviews and writing the final report – but she also had wonderful support from her supervisors, Susan Glazer and Stuart Dash, and the whole staff at CDD. Her work included research on public market development, governance and operations in markets across the country, as well as research on the history, planning, and development of Lechmere Square and its surrounding neighborhood. She was fortunate to be able to visit several public markets in other cities because of my personal travel plans, and these site visits and interviews were incredibly valuable for our research. The final report was presented to the City Council was also be shared with interested stakeholders in the community.